Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Cavaliers trying to sneak into the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes

Cavaliers trying to sneak into the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes

While there are some teams outside of Los Angeles that are interested in Leonard, it appears that the forward doesn't want to go anywhere except LA. Tania Ganguli of Los Angeles Times reported that the Lakers and the Clippers have concerns about Leonard's injury that limited him from playing last season.

James can still opt into the previous year of his contract which is worth $35.6 million - he has until June 29 to do so but the expectation is that he'll choose against it and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.

Any NBA GM should, of course, ask themselves this question before they trade or sign a player. Despite having a one-on-one conversation with Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, Leonard still wants his way out of San Antonio and reportedly sees Los Angeles as his preferred trade destination.

The Lakers have plenty of cap space, enough to sign two max-level free agents, but that in itself won't help them in a trade scenario, as they would need enough assets or a high enough draft pick to entice the Spurs for Leonard's services. But he does not have a no-trade clause in his current contract, so the Spurs could trade him anywhere. But that doesn't mean they won't worry where Leonard lands. There are no other headline-worthy young pieces to add to the deal, aside from Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic, neither of whom will be leading parts of a package.

However, the Clippers and Lakers are a little hesitant go all in on Leonard. A significant trade was made on draft night in 2017, with Jimmy Butler going to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Leonard could be the big name on the move this year.

The Cavs have the No. 8 pick in this year's draft, as well as the contracts of Kevin Love ($22.6 million this season, $24.1 million next) and former Spur George Hill ($20 million; $19 million).

With the 2018 offseason set to kick into full swing, another major storyline has emerged from San Antonio.

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